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Ally Carda

School

UCLA

Position
Pitcher/Utility
Major
Sociology

Classroom

A solid classroom performer, Ally Carda has made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for five quarters and was a 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic selection.

Character

Carda has shown a passion, desire and dedication to her game, which has allowed her to earn the admiration of her teammates through her work ethic and also lower her earned run average, improve her wins, strikeouts and innings pitched totals, while raising her batting average, slugging, on base percentage, walks and runs scored totals.

Community

Carda participates in UCLA Volunteer Day, painting and cleaning schools in the Los Angeles area; She has worked at numerous UCLA softball camps and clinics, working with young girls from the ages of 5 to 18. She also served at I’m Going to College, which encourages education, as she organized and participated in games and a face-painting booth. Carda helped as a Prime Time Games volunteer and coach, helping inner-city children and partnering with them to teach them participation in sports, having fun and staying active. Finally, she served as a volunteer at Emerson Middle School where she held a Q&A with all middle school students, answering questions they had about college and encouraging the importance of education and interacting in sports games.

Competition

Last year, Carda was a top three finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award and the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year. She has earned three NFCA All-Region awards and three All-Pac-12 honors in as many years, earning her first All-American accolade as a junior. She came into her senior season ranked sixth in UCLA history in slugging, on-base percentage and hit by pitches, as well as fifth in appearances and ninth in wins. She led the Bruins with a 1.90 ERA, a 32-5 record and 230 strikeouts in 220 2/3 innings in 2014, posting 18 complete games and 13 shutouts. She was sixth in the nation in wins, 19th in shutouts and 31st in strikeouts. At the plate, Carda was second with a .394 batting average, tied for first with 55 runs batted in and third with 13 home runs. She was 12th in the country in on-base percentage. Carda started all 60 games at six different positions (32 at P, 12 at 1B, 6 in LF, 5 in CF, 3 at DP and 2 in RF).